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Family Annual Review Peek-a-boo—To Mom, be clear. To child, be humble.

“A TABLE!”  That’s French for “Time to eat. Kids, come NOW! Prepare your taste buds and your conversation skills...”

On December 31 the family was dispersed in six different parties.  On January 1, we all sat down for a meal together...and shared feedback on 2013 and insights for growing forward.  We call this The Family Annual Review.

We do this every year and it is AN AMAZING family moment that the children request year after year.  Read here for the "How To's."

Friends (who also are parents) exclaim, "What a great idea....but I'd be so scared."  We're giving you The Run Down so that you can get a feel for how it happens...and do it chez you too! 

Since we have four sons, we've given each one a full post.  Keep clicking to the next post!  Each child is different (don't you KNOW!) so you catch a different aspect of the exchange from each one. 

Executive Summary

In essence, our eldest son asked me to be more clear about finances and who pays what.  My growth challenge to him centers on learning through humility.

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Eeny, meeny, miny…. Oh no !

Enabling our kids to make wise decisions is one of a parent’s greatest legacies. When the dilemma is between strawberries and banana’s (and the precocious strategist exclaims, “Both!”) parents hardly think about the process...unless it’s, “Decide quickly, please.” All too soon, children are confronted with the selection of friends, ways to use free time, options for college, and trade-offs to finance their choices. By this time, moms and dads change their vocabulary to, “Decide well.”

How do people learn decision-making? Is there a way besides trial and error?! How can parents teach it...without being a bore and a chore

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Grow Love through the Power of Positive Recall

Have you witnessed someone totally change his demeanor before your eyes? It’s exciting!

It happened to me recently. A successful professional inquired about my line of work. As I shared the vision of Home Is Fun—to help strengthen relationships between parents and children—her posture changed: she crossed her arms, hunched down into her chair, lowered her chin, and set her mouth.

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Thanksgiving Celebration for EVERYONE: Delegate set up & clean up with humor & ease

Thanksgiving Celebration for EVERYONE: When Set Up and Clean Up Is Shared

Thanksgiving celebrates collaboration. The Indians helped the settlers. The turkey gave up all for our feast. Who’s doing what for your Thanksgiving celebration?

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"Be Happy. We're All Turkeys. Help Out!" Downloads

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The Good, the Bad...which one is Ugly?

Enjoy this amusing artwork entitled “It is good to be tidy” by Shari Elf. Tidiness is important...although cleaning the sand from the desert might be excessive!  But what I really want my kids to learn is obedience... so that they can be successful in school, at work, and even with a family later on.


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I Have a Dream Too...Don’t I?

Yesterday, on Martin Luther King, Jr Day, I stood at the same pulpit in the American Church in Paris where the spokesperson for Negro freedom gave his first speech after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 (He was on a stopover on the way home from Oslo).

To an audience of two obliging friends (!),I shared my dream.  Well, I tried.  Since I constantly think about strengthening families, I expected my dream to flow forth.  Confession:  I was no good scout and came unprepared!

This blooper inspired me to turn to Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech wondering what I might learn from his passion for civil rights that I could transpose to my zeal for strong families.

There it was:  

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Happy New Year!

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